How Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Jahar) friends reacted in Twitter when they learnt that he was Boston bombing suspect

(this post is connected to a previous analysis about the impact of the Twitter coverage made by @BostonGlobe. You can find it HERE).

Annex 3

This annex 3 is part of our Twitter analysis of Boston Marathon Bombing.

In annex 2 we presented our selection of relevant tweets published by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in his Twitter account since January 2012 (access them here). They are not representative of his Twitter timeline. They capture only his thoughts about life and death, Chechnya, Islam. It includes some revealing tweets after the bombing.

In this post, we show a selection of tweets published by friends and people in contact with Jahar, as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was known by friends.

In each case, we have included tweets corresponding to their reaction to the bombing. There are some surprising cases where no mention at all is made to the bombing, even if they tweeted by April 15.

The focus of this post is to show how each person has reacted in Twitter when realizing that ‘Suspect 2’ was teammate Jahar. As intense manhunt took some dramatic hours, friends had time to react many times in Twitter.

Beyond the personal approach followed by each person, the astonishing global picture is that tweets get a rather deep image of what the most inner feelings were experienced by each guy during the manhunt.

In our ‘Reputation Metrics’ site we have covered a wide variety of singular and sensitive issues, like Utoya massacre, Bin Laden Killing, Bill Clinton sexual misconduct reputation legacy, Fukushima Nuclear problems and media bias, Troy Davis death penalty.

In each single case, like this one, we have never presented our own position concerning the specific issue. Our goal is just to provide relevant measurement and metrics of each issue. Our thoughts about political or social issues are not interesting for readers or relevant for the analysis. We follow now the same rule. We present the content published by Jahar friends. This is not my content nor my own views and feelings.

Again, the goal of this post is to show how powerful is Twitter as social media channel for creating true social conversation.

A selection of tweets by people connected to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Twitter account

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(update 1st May 2013)

Three of Jahar’s friends have been arrested today. This is how @BostonGlobe has reported the case:


One of the arrested young, Azamat Tazhayakov, has apparently a Twitter account.

This is his Twitter avatar

Azamat Tazhayakov twitter profile avatar jahar tsarnaev friend

He posted 183 tweets. Almost all of them not in English. He used Twitter in a very unregular way. His last tweet was published by 14 April 2013. Boston Marathon bombing happened a day after.

This is the tweet

Links to Instagram photos have been disabled. They correspond to the New York visit. The avatar image is of course taken from the NYC visit.

There are a couple of tweets with some double sense

Additionally, there is a web where you can find tweets by Robel Phillipos’ friends when they learn that his teammate is arrested.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have tweeted about Boston bombing suspect Robel Phillipos; Twitter users ID before MSM’, Twitchy Media, 1 May 2013


Samantha (plus her RT)


Fat Boy TnL 4/20 (@JukeMeng)

Note fam: a word use to describe your peoples. ones that you can trust dearly. someone you consider family (Urban Dictionary)




TnL 4/20 – Ace (@TheZooKid)




AD (Ambitious_AD)


GHOST (@ThePhilos0pher)


2£xp|icit DBa!L£$


Mr_Rogers12 (account deleted)

Tweet included in a New York Times analysis. One of first reaction identifying Suspect 2 as Jahal


TnL 4/20 Monty ‏(@MonTanA_BaBy)


Jordan ‏(@CoastSwag)


Sienna Black


Alex Gonzales  ‏(@Dutch_Master93)


Kasie Corcoran ;-* ‏(@IntoxicateKas12)


4 thoughts on “How Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Jahar) friends reacted in Twitter when they learnt that he was Boston bombing suspect

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  3. dam reading his friend comments it hits my hart I also have friend who’ve run a muck its hard to take but real is real lets just see how thangs play out .to all gods protection!

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